Iron Workers

Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


The listed wages may vary by state and county. Check out the Ironworkers 512 website for additional wage and benefit information, here.

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Wellness Program

  • Health Care

  • Vacation Fund

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

An ironworker forges hot iron at an anvil.

Working as an Ironworker can bring you to great heights. The three basic types of work that Ironworkers perform are: structural, reinforcing, and ornamental.

Structural Ironworkers unload, erect, and connect fabricated steel columns and beams to form the projects skeleton. They work primarily on industrial, commercial, and large residential buildings. They also build towers, bridges, stadiums, and pre-engineered metal buildings.

Reinforcing Ironworkers place steel bars (rebar) and post-tensioning tendons in concrete forms to reinforce cast in place concrete.

Ornamental Ironworkers install metal clad windows into a building’s openings and erect curtain wall and window wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building. They also install and erect metal stairways, catwalks, grating, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts and building entrances.


Call the Training Center at 651-489-3829 for application information and visit the website.

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High School students interested in a career as an Ironworker should take any and all shop classes.  Classes that focus on the safe use of tools, blueprint reading, welding, burning, and layout will be beneficial.  Also, a strong background in math is helpful.


A two-year diploma is not required to qualify for an apprenticeship with Local 512, only a high school diploma or equivalent. It is possible to be granted credit for post-secondary classes and experience. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis if a student takes construction-related classes at one of the following programs: Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Humboldt High School, Dakota County Area Learning School (DCALS) and Roseville ALC. Call Local 512 at 651.489.3829 prior to signing up for post-secondary opportunities to confirm credits transfer.


An Ironworker apprenticeship with Local 512 is a four-year program in which apprentices receive on-the-job training and classroom instruction.  Classes are held in a variety of ways depending on which Region you are a member.  They may be two nights per week, four full weeks per year, or one weekend a month.  Regardless of the schedule, each apprentice receives a minimum of 204 hours of classroom instruction per year.  Class fees are approximately $400 per semester.

Applications are accepted year-round.  Get application and schedule a time to come in What is Apprenticeship | Iron Workers Local 512 | MN & ND (ironworkers512.com)

Prior to placement with a contractor, each selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a drug screen, and attend orientation and safety classes before final acceptance into the program.

Applicants selected for job placement must be able to furnish their own transportation, pay school tuition, purchase tools, be agreeable to a certain amount of travel, and be aware of periods of unemployment due to the lack of construction activity.


Ironworkers must provide their own hand tools as needed for the type of work they are performing.  Initial cost for the basic tools ranges from $350.00 to $600.00.


Ironworkers must be able to furnish their own transportation and be agreeable to a certain amount of travel.  The work is all over the area and requires reliable transportation as well as occasional hotel stays.

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Manual dexterity, and the ability to interpret blueprints and knowledge to safely operate the tools of the trade. The work is very physical, so it will also require healthy individuals with good stamina, agility and balance.

For high school students preparing to become an ironworker, part-time jobs that require a person to work with metals and measure and cut dimensions easily can build valuable experience.


Military members do not receive direct entry into the apprenticeship program but their service will reflect positively in the interview.

Local Offices


Twin Cities Iron Workers Local 512

851 Pierce Butler Route
St. Paul, MN 55104

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.

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